While on CNN I Was Right About James Comey: When top law enforcment officials forget that laws don’t protect institutions, they protect individuals

Each time there is more news revealed about the nature of how James Comey handled himself as an activist against Donald Trump I become even more proud of my comments on CNN about Comey himself very early on in the process. Now that Comey has released his book and put forth interviews and excerpts of some very damning evidence against himself, good reporters like Sharyl Attkisson and Judge Jeanine Pirro have captured the essence of the illegality of the situation. It has made me reflect back to that CNN interview which I was a part of that was one of the first in the country after the Comey hearing against Trump that took place nearly a year ago. My comments about Comey were remarkably accurate given the limited evidence that was available at the time so I feel it is worth a little celebration to provide my readers with evidence of my prediction accuracy. This wasn’t the first time by a long shot that I’ve been right, but it is one of the most obvious when the tide of the entire nation was turning the other way. That particular day during that CNN filming of that Anderson Cooper segment the sentiment was that Trump was going to have problems—serious problems that were going to lead to impeachment. But only a year later, it looks like it’s the FBI that will be going to jail, and to watch Comey’s testimony and proclaim what I did on national television to millions of people should put many people’s minds to ease regarding advice I give them. If you listen to me dear reader, you’ll be a lot better off in life. For the proof which we now have in hindsight, here is the summation of the Comey case.

Additionally, Sharyl Attkisson’s Twitter analysis spotlighted the corruption and partisan bias at the upper levels of the FBI, which is still stacked with countless Obama holdovers who hate Trump and have been actively working to undermine him. After a year the “Deep State” investigating the new President Trump in a desperate attempt to hold on to the old has not managed to slow him down. And now that momentum is lost in ways they never could have predicted. Even though I expect it out of myself, I am happy to show my readers that when I do go on national television to say something, that they can damn well trust it, even if it does appear outlandish at the time. Comey was so dirty and now he’s in some serious trouble, which he fully deserves, as framed by Sharyl Attkinssen:

1. Comey memos have been reviewed by several Repub members of Congress: Judiciary Comm Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), House Oversight and Government Reform Comm Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and House Permanent Select Comm on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Ca.).

2. Statement from Republican chairmen: “These [Comey] memos are significant for both what is in them and what is not…[They] show the President made clear he wanted allegations of collusion, coordination, and conspiracy between his campaign and Russia fully investigated.”

3. “The [Comey] memos also made clear the “cloud” President Trump wanted lifted was not the Russian interference in the 2016 election cloud, rather it was the salacious, unsubstantiated allegations related to personal conduct leveled in the dossier.”

4. “The memos also show former Director Comey never wrote that he felt obstructed or threatened… he never once mentioned the most relevant fact of all, which was whether he felt obstructed in his investigation.”
5. “[Comey] chose not to memorialize conversations with President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, Secretary Clinton, Andrew McCabe or others, but he immediately began to memorialize conversations with President Trump

6. “It is significant former Director Comey made no effort to memorialize conversations w/ former Attorney General Lynch despite concerns apparently significant enough to warrant his unprecedented appropriation of the charging decision away from her and the [Justice Dept]”

7. The memos show Comey was blind to biases within the FBI and had terrible judgment with respect to his deputy Andrew McCabe. On multiple occasions he, in his own words, defended the character of McCabe after President Trump questioned McCabe.”

8. “[Comey] leaked at least one of these memos for the stated purpose of spurring the appointment of Special Counsel, yet he took no steps to spur the appointment of Special Counsel when he had significant concerns about the objectivity of… Attorney General Loretta Lynch.”

Even though I never had any doubts that Trump would be the next president back in 2016, even to the point where I considered stopping this blog site, because the mission had been accomplished, it is pretty scary to see just how corrupt all the people attached to the Clinton case was from the very top—even President Obama. I know I reported it all for many years but the reality of those observations was just too much for most people to accept. People needed to believe in something and they love their institutions and in many ways needed to trust them. That made it hard for them to see the truth which was always right in front of them. I’m able to quickly see these types of things because I am free of institutional constraints. The Trump presidency can be said to be a lot of things but in its essence, it’s about revising the basic foundations of our institutional thinking. Voters looked at how things were and they decided they didn’t like the direction so they made a change—and its as simple as that. Yet the institutions themselves couldn’t accept that change so Comey went about breaking the law because he valued institutional protections over the merits of law and order which is quite extraordinary, but it was obvious to me very early in the process.

If politics is a rock, paper, scissors game Comey and his accomplices didn’t understand the definitions of the various components. All of American society is not to fall under the umbrella of institutional protections, the institutions—whether they be the FBI, the Department of Justice or the White House are not part of the greater good as defined by the tapestry of “society.” Institutions are worthless if they don’t serve the individual needs of the American people and that is the hard lesson that Comey and his minions are learning in real-time. The “institution” of the FBI is not “greater” than the merits of individual citizens and that is where Comey went wrong—is in that assumption. How he was caught committing crimes was that he took the law which was supposed to be individually applied and made decisions that he thought were for the greater good in institutionalized protections. In his mind the social sacrifice of putting a woman president into the White House had more merit than the individual laws broken by Hillary Clinton. This is how we got into so much trouble with Obama, we put more value institutionally on the race of the incoming president than the merits of his individual life—the birth certificate issues, the connections to radical communist groups and his general anti-American beliefs that were formed while attending grade school in Indonesia. When people picked Trump over Obama, and Clinton they were choosing to reject the institutional values that had been placed before them and to seek a more individualized direction. People like Comey rejected that premise and circled the wagons to protect institutionalism because they assumed that all law and order fit under that umbrella of thought.

Comey thought that by leaking information to start a special counsel into President Trump that he could be the hero of the Democratic Party’s control over the institutions of Washington D.C. culture. When I watched the senate testimony with CNN that day last year that is what I saw immediately, an institutionalized person who would do anything to protect that institution, whether it be the nature of the FBI or the relationship the three branches of government had with each other as defined by a history of bad decisions. Comey was against the essential change that people had made in the 2016 election and neither he nor his wife could come to grips with that reality. So Comey did what he felt he had to do to appease not just the institution of the FBI itself, but also his relationship within the institution of marriage. Comey wanted to make his wife happy by getting rid of Trump and if he had to abuse the power of the FBI to do it, he was wiling to do so, to protect all the institutions in his life which he believed in more than the merits of individualism. Yet Trump was about individualism from the start and nobody on the other side could see it, and that is how we find ourselves in this mess. Yet it was always quite clear to me, and for my readers, the evidence coming forth is refreshing, because at least we know of one thing in the world that everyone can put their faith in. The written words put on these very pages and the things I have said on national television. Everyone who learns to trust those very things can sleep a little better each night knowing that at least there is one place in the world that makes sense.

Rich Hoffman
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